Oleg Kononov

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Oleg Kononov
Oleg Kononov 2017.jpg
Coaching Akhmat Grozny in 2017
Personal information
Full name Oleg Georgiyevich Kononov
Date of birth (1966-03-23) 23 March 1966 (age 52)
Place of birth Kursk, Russian SFSR
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Spartak Moscow (manager)
Youth career
Iskra Smolensk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Iskra Smolensk 0 (0)
1986–1988 Dnepr Mogilev 70 (8)
1989 Zarya Voroshilovgrad 8 (0)
1989–1992 KIM Vitebsk 101 (9)
1993–1994 Lokomotiv Vitebsk 14 (2)
1994 Dvina Vitebsk 11 (0)
1995 Ruch Chorzów 3 (0)
1996–1997 Naftan-Devon Novopolotsk 59 (3)
1998–1999 Torpedo-MAZ Minsk 30 (9)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Torpedo Minsk (assistant)
2003 Lokomotiv Minsk (assistant)
2004 Metalurh Zaporizhia (assistant)
2005–2008 Sheriff Tiraspol (assistant)
2008–2011 Karpaty Lviv
2012–2013 Sevastopol
2013–2016 Krasnodar
2017 Akhmat Grozny
2018 Arsenal Tula
2018– Spartak Moscow
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Oleg Georgiyevich Kononov (Russian: Олег Георгиевич Кононов, born 23 March 1966) is a Russian[1] football coach and a former player. He is the manager of FC Spartak Moscow.

Playing career[edit]

Oleg Kononov began his playing career in Russia at Iskra Smolensk in 1983.

He later moved to Belarus, where he would play for various clubs until 1999.

In 1998, he was named the Belarusian Premier LeaguePlayer of the year.[2] Playing at KIM Vitebsk, he became the runner-up of the Belarusian Premier League.

Managing career[edit]

Sheriff Tiraspol[edit]

The most glory Kononov attained as a coach, was while in charge of FC Sheriff Tiraspol. His team became the champions in Moldovan National Division three times (2004/05–2006/07), was the Moldavian Cup holder in 2006, and the Moldovan Super Cup in 2005.

Karpaty Lviv[edit]

On 9 June 2008, Kononov was invited to take charge of Ukrainian Premier League club Karpaty Lviv following the resignation of Valery Yaremchenko.[3] He brought a new style of play to the team, including the use of a 4-3-3 formation which emphasizes the flanks instead of the usual 4-4-2 formation.[4][5] At the end of the 2008-09 season, Karpaty finished in the season in middle of the league at 9th place.[6] Kononov enjoyed more success the next season, guiding Karpaty to top 8 in the Ukrainian Cup where they were eliminated by eventual finalists Metalurh Donetsk. They also finished fifth in the league and therefore qualified for the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League, where after impressively passing Galatasaray in the Playoff Round, finished last in Group J with 1 point.


He took over the management of FC Krasnodar early in the 2013–14 Russian Premier League and led them to Europe for the first time in their history, finishing 5th in the league and qualifying for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. In 2014-15 season they defeated, among others, Real Sociedad in the Europa League qualifiers and advanced to the group stage. They did not qualify for the knockout phase. Midway through the 2014–15 Russian Premier League competition, they reached the 2nd spot in the standings. He resigned from his Krasnodar position on 13 September 2016.[7]

Arsenal Tula[edit]

He signed with FC Arsenal Tula on 1 June 2018.[8]

Spartak Moscow[edit]

He left Arsenal by mutual consent on 12 November 2018[9] and signed with FC Spartak Moscow until the end of the 2018–19 season.[10]


As coach


  1. ^ Олег Кононов: «Я не представитель белорусской школы. Я много лет там жил и играл, но я россиянин»
  2. ^ Short bio overview
  3. ^ Profile on official Karpaty website (in Ukrainian)
  4. ^ Олег Кононов: "Сейчас всё только начинается" (Oleg Kononov: "This is only the beginning" - ua-football.com (in Russian)
  5. ^ Олег Кононов: "Федецкому не хватает практики" (Oleg Kononov: "Fedetskyy does not have enough game practice - terrikon.dn.ua (in Russian)
  6. ^ 2008-09 season league table - fpl.ua; Football Premier League of Ukraine (in Ukrainian)
  7. ^ ОЛЕГ КОНОНОВ УШЕЛ В ОТСТАВКУ С ПОСТА ГЛАВНОГО ТРЕНЕРА (in Russian). FC Krasnodar. 13 September 2016.
  8. ^ "ОЛЕГ КОНОНОВ, ДОБРО ПОЖАЛОВАТЬ В "АРСЕНАЛ"!" (in Russian). FC Arsenal Tula. 1 June 2018.
  9. ^ "ОЛЕГ КОНОНОВ ПОКИНУЛ "АРСЕНАЛ"" (in Russian). Arsenal Tula. 12 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Олег Кононов — главный тренер "Спартака"" (in Russian). Spartak Moscow. 12 November 2018.

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